Tech Wrap-Up 8-16-2022, which is Rum Day. Modern rum, a liquor made by fermenting and distilling molasses, dates back to the mid-1600s. As one might expect, almost all sugar-producing regions of the world make rum. Although associated with the Caribbean, the top rum-producing country in the world is the Philippines. At its height in early 1700s America, rum accounted for around 80 percent of New England exports. Hail Boston! Hail Charleston! Who stinketh the most? While you choose between a mixer or on-the-rocks, Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up the day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from our social media feeds. We order the story summaries below by user engagement (posts with the most likes, shares, clicks, hashtag clicks, and detail expands) and by the number of impressions received. Our human-curated social media feeds include links to technology news, how-to and help articles, and video tutorials for common issues.
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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
Gmail is morphing into something different. You may have noticed changes like different colors, menus, and navigation tools, as well as the way it interacts with other Google services. It is not only a Gmail makeover but an effort toward a “unified Gmail,” according to product manager Neena Kamath. Yet Google buried the top interface change — which Google apps display in Gmail — in Settings. Users with the latest interface see Google Chat and Meet in a handy left navigation bar, an ideal location for links to other services.
2. Android 13 delivers over 100 bug fixes for Google Pixels (Android Police)
I am still waiting for my update to Android 13. Until the update becomes available, I am lapping up the details about Android 13. To start, the update brings more than 100 bug fixes to the platform. One feature that excites me is the improved fingerprint sensor. According to the changelog, Android 13 improves fingerprint performance, stability, and reliability. I am ready for the update whenever you are, Google.
Just when you thought you figured out personal cybersecurity, things change. As tech companies push the importance of two-factor and multi-factor authentication (MFA) to protect accounts, hackers have a different plan. Hackers deploy a tactic called adversary-in-the-middle (AiTM) that combines phishing with a proxy server. In doing so, hackers steal your password and the accompanying session cookie. It is important to note that this type of attack does not break MFA, but bypasses it altogether.
4. How to delete files securely and completely in Windows 11 using SDelete (Tech Republic)
If you are seeking Department of Defense-level file deletion on Windows 11, Microsoft provides one in Sysinternals. The file deletion tool, called SDelete, is free. It works by securely overwriting deleted files and erasing file data that exists in unallocated portions of hard drives. Yes, there are other paid tools out there that perform the same function. But SDelete is free, supported, and sanctioned by Microsoft.
5. Bitcoin: Let’s Put The Utility Argument To Bed (Seeking Alpha)
Bitcoin is a currency, and a store of value, with growing adoption worldwide and a growing ecosystem thanks to the Lightning Network. Many know Bitcoin came into existence in 2008, but there is significant prehistory to Bitcoin that dates back to the 1970s. Bitcoin succeeded where previous efforts failed. Unlike other historic projects, the decentralized nature of Bitcoin allowed it to avoid a regulatory impact.
I like Microsoft Edge and use the default Windows web browser every day. I also use three other browsers each day. That said, I disagree with Microsoft’s push to impose Edge on Windows users. One method of doing so is by making it cumbersome for Windows users to change the default browser. Microsoft changed its tune on Windows 11 recently to make it easier, and now Windows 10 is getting a one-click option to set the default browser.
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